Improving operational effectiveness with Dynamo

Across the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry, there are vast differences in how well companies execute basic tasks. The performing of these tasks better than how rivals perform them, is known as ‘operational effectiveness’.1 Operational effectiveness is important because it improves productivity and profitability. While many might be quick to point out that operational effectiveness is fundamentally different and not a substitute for a carefully defined strategy, if a company can’t get the operational basics right, it doesn’t matter how brilliant their strategy is.2 This article explores how companies can improve… Read More

Learning to learn for architects

Architecture is an industry notorious for a culture of long hours. Many, particularly young graduates, accept this condition as part and parcel of the industry. It must be normal because everyone is doing right? We convince ourselves that all the additional overtime working towards our project deadline can’t last forever. We make promises to ourselves about all the cool and interesting things that we are going to do once the project is completed. The truth is however, that downtime never arrives, because sure enough, right after your project finishes, there is another… Read More

Glossary of computational terminology

Computational design is often presented in pure technical terms without an understanding of the logic and theory behind the process. For example, it is frequent to go to lectures or presentations, whereby the presenter will demonstrate how to do XYZ in a particular software. However, this results in only a superficial understanding of computational design and further undermines its adoption, as it is portrayed as a tool rather than as a philosophy of design. This articles seeks to address this issue through the (brief) explanation of common terminology used in computational design…. Read More

A brief history of computation

We can summarise the history of computation in architectural design in terms of five eras: the 2D drafting era, the 3D modelling era, the building information modelling (BIM) era; the design computation (algorithmic) era; and more recently, the machine learning era. These eras are recognisable but overlap in practice and represent a fundamentally different way of thinking.   All tools modify the gestures of their users, and in the design professions this feedback often leaves a visible trace: when these traces become consistent and pervasive across objects, technologies, cultures, people, and places,… Read More

Parametric Monkey launches public workshop series

I’m pleased to announce the launch of Parametric Monkey’s public workshop series. The philosophy of Parametric Monkey is to disrupt the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry through the democratising of knowledge in order to make advanced workflows, automation and generative design accessible to all. Our public workshops series is an extension of this philosophy and focuses on improving the digital literacy of AEC professionals. We believe in using the right tool for the right job and as such cover Revit, Dynamo, Rhino, Grasshopper and Ladybug. Kicking-off the workshop series on 11th… Read More

Parametric Monkey launches new digital design consultancy

I’m pleased to announce that Parametric Monkey is now open for business! Parametricmonkey.com was established back in 2014 with an aim to accelerate computational literacy within architectural design in order to transform the building industry. With a plethora of tutorials, open-source code and research, the website enabled architects and designers to develop an in-depth understanding of digital design tools. The site has been hugely popular and shows an enthusiasm and passion within the architecture, engineering, construction and operations (AECO) industry to improve the way buildings are designed, built and operated through the… Read More

AU Australia 2017

Back in October I had the pleasure of attending the Autodesk University (AU) Australia 2017 conference in Sydney. Under the theme of ‘The future of making things’, the 2-day conference can be seen as a satellite conference to the main AU event held in Las Vegas. The event opened in true Autodesk fashion with a bit of fanfare. Next up were the Autodesk executives who presented some of the customer success stories from around the world. Those that have attended AU Las Vegas will be familiar with many of the projects including MX3D’s 3D printed bridge in Amsterdam and Airbus’s generative… Read More

ACADIA 2017

Back in November I had the pleasure of attending the 37th annual conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) conference. This year the theme was ‘Disciplines & Disruption‘ and the impact of technology in shaping or disrupting design, methods and cultural fronts. With the MIT Media Lab in Boston as the host, I had high expectations and it didn’t disappoint.   The conference was the best I’ve seen – an exposé of outstanding research and stimulating debate. What made this conference stand out from previous conference I’ve attended, was… Read More

Putting BIM in perspective

Building Information Modelling, or BIM, is often portrayed as the saviour of the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. On the whole, BIM can be seen as a positive direction for the industry, attempting to address the inefficiencies and waste in the industry. Yet at the same time, numerous fractions of the BIM movement are threatening to hinder its cause. Go into any architectural office in the world today and you’ll find someone ‘doing BIM’. Typically with a technical background, they are known as evangelists, preaching the word of BIM. Listen to… Read More

Parametric Monkey reaches 100k views!

When starting Parametric Monkey, my aim was to accelerate computational literacy within architectural design. The genesis of this idea was simple. Over the course of my architectural career, I continued to come across technical issues when working with digital design tools. Parametric Monkey was created as a platform so that I could share this knowledge with others. I had no idea the impact it would have. I am humbled and proud to announced that Parametric Money has now passed 100,000 views and 40,000 visitors from over 100 different countries. This is a… Read More